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NIST Building and Fire Research Laboratory Projects Summaries, 1996.

pdf icon NIST Building and Fire Research Laboratory Projects Summaries, 1996. (609 K)
Raufaste, N. J., Jr.

NIST SP 838-10; 226 p. September 1996.

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Government Printing Office
Order number: SN003-003-03428-2


building research; building technology; applied economics; fire safety; fire science; materials engineering; mechanical engineering; environmental engineering; structural engineering


Construction is one of the Nation's largest industries. In 1995, total construction amounted to about $755 billion which is 12 percent of U.S. GDP (new construction put in place amounted to about $527 billion and renovation contributed about $228 billion). U.S. construction accounts for more than six million jobs. More than 60% of the nation's wealth is invested in constructed facilities. This annual report, "Project Summaries 1996", presents BFRL's research during 1996. These summaries show how out products (performance prediction, measurement, and test methods) support the industries of construction achieving the National Construction Goals (NCGs). BFRL has focused its research in three principal thrusts: 1. High Performance Construction Materials and Systems; 2. Automation in construction and Constructed Facilities; 3. Loss Reduction. BFRL's research is in the areas of structural engineering, materials engineering, mechanical and environmental systems, fire safety and engineering, fire science, and applied economics.